Grateful Dead Live at Providence Civic Center on 1985-04-04
Recorded by the Oade Brothers
Transferred by Doug Oade, tracked by Darrin Sacks (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Subject: Caught my ear...
Subject: smokin' show, killer aud sound quality
Set 1 - as said, they're just not in a hurry at all. Jer doesn't quite manage Dylan's old tune, IMHO (much better versions abound this year), but his playing is, as usual for '85, off the chain - got to hand it to Sailor > Saint here...
Set 2 - Miracle opens - Crazy Fingers has, as expressed below, this double-timed beat that is a bit odd - verdict's not in yet on that one. But that GDTRFB - man oh MAN - Jer's fingers are absolutely tied into that opening riff!
Bobby's Lovelights were never anything spectacular - more like a welcome set closer. But he and Healy sure have fun with that final jam - they really take it waaaay out there vocally.
Big supporter here of '85 shows; this one is another great one from that spring tour. Relaxed, easy, fun, stuff here -
Subject: "Holes in what's left of my reason..."
First set is outstanding with much if the energy carried over throughout. She Belongs and Saint are the prizes of the show. GDTRFB lays it all out.
Overall a very fun, high energy gig that shouldn't be missed.
Subject: a good fun show
Subject: Gem of a Show
'85 is my favorite year. I know many find dicotomy with Jerry leaving the stage or standing stoic at times during the show. But for this one, I found Jerry more animated and certainly his voice in better form (regardless of flubbed lyrics).
His playing is crisp and he ventures into challenging waters by delivering the first She Belongs to Me in 19 years. Notice that he quickly uprights any mistakes - I think that's pretty cool.
LoveLight - I remember in the early 80's talking to older Heads who were not keen at all with Weir singing PigPen's old tunes. Good Lovin' was one thing (of course the arrangement was changed) but Smokestack and Lovelight?
If I want a good Weir Lovelight - there are 3 I would choose 1) 6/27/85; 2) 9/3/85 and 3) this one.
The band is cooking on this one and it is the band that delivers this Lovelight from being a throwaway to being a solid set closer.
Enjoy and God Bless.
P.S. I truly think that this show may have been considered for a DP or other Vault release - but for the aforementioned minor setbacks.
Subject: She's got an Egyptian ring, it sparkles when she speaks..
Subject: good show
Subject: Another high quality 85 show!
The energy continues in the second set with a rousing Miracle. This is one of the better versions of this song from this tour, featuring powerful vocals and hot leads. They stumble a bit wit a very awkward Crazy Fingers that takes a while before there is any cohesion. It's pretty much a throw away version. It kind of falls apart at the end and segues into an off tempo Samson. Garcia has some decent soloing but this version is somewhat off. The Wheel that comes out of Space is pulled off nicely with pretty harmonizing and segues into a decent Black Peter. The vocals are a bit rough but I never mind that in this song. They rush through an Around and around before ending the show on one of the night's highlights, Lovelight. This version features some intense jamming, incredibly hot fiery leads from Garcia and howling vocals from Bobby. This is an amazing way to close out a great show an has to be heard. Probably the best version I've heard sung by Bobby.
Subject: Driftin' & dreamin'
Subject: Solid Spring '85
Subject: Chicken Legs
Subject: Best 1st set opener!
While the main body of crazy fingers isn't great, it's not that bad. The jam out of crazy fingers is one of best ever! It warrants a listen.
Subject: tasty show, but fukt up fingers
man - that CrazyFingers with the skip-to-my-loo beat is disconcerting and not too enjoyable at all - but also a novelty for collectors I guess.
Subject: Friends first show
We were under a few influences that evening and all went well in that regard. The next day he asks me...Did they play cowboy music last night or was I imagining things...you guessed it El Paso.
He was hooked and we still get together and remember when.
5 Stars for the memory alone
Subject: good stuff
Subject: Great show
Subject: take the dark out of the nightime....
Subject: 85 prime time
That solo is so sick with Jerry rippin and Brent hittin those keys behind him. A nice mezmerizing hypnotic jam. Chula Vista has a real good she belongs to me also. Actually I think all those versions they did in 85 were great. Jerry's all over the place and lost in Crazyfingers and the drum beat is pretty fast. hmmmm I wonder if they were...??
Subject: Set I
Subject: Nice AUD
Subject: Solid show
Subject: Great show!!!!
Subject: IMO better than the VHS Hi-Fi SBD source
Subject: Excellent show!
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